Please note, that this project was discontinued in 2016 and finally archived in 2018.

The content below is for kept for historical reasons.

Need help?

There are several ways to get support for your BIGACE system:

Found a Bug?

Yes, there are Bugs and the more you find and post, the more will be fixed! If you encounter a problem and think this could be some kind of technical problem, please leave a message in the Forum or at our Bug Tracker.

Get involved

Follow the development, retrieve the source code, post bugs or leave feature requests at GitHub


A lot of information can be found at them Developer Documentation


Core Features

  • SEO Friendly URLs
  • Easy wizard based install and upgrade procedures
  • Minimal server requirements
  • Multiple websites with one installation
  • Multiple language system
  • Full template support (PHP or Smarty Template Engine) for unlimited looks
  • Every page can use its own template
  • Online Help
  • Modular and extensible
  • Admin panel with multiple language support


  • XHTML and CSS compliant
  • Autogenerated menus
  • Every page can have different theme
  • Design protected from content editors
  • Template and Stylesheet Editor in Administration
  • A lot of built-in Smarty TAGs for easy Template customization

User- Groups and Permissions

  • Easy user and group management
  • Group-based permission system (content and admin functions)
  • Pluggable Authentication backend (LDAP)
  • Import/Export of functional rights

Content Management

  • Content hierarchy with unlimited depth and size
  • Category System - administrate and link categories to all objects
  • All content objects can be stored in multiple language versions
  • Support of multiple datatypes (Menus, Images, Files…)
  • Integrated file manager with upload capabilities
  • Full-Text Search (Page-Content, Name, Description, Catchwords)
  • Online Editor (FCKEditor, TinyMCE)
  • HTML Source Code Editor


  • integrated menu full-text search
  • search for language-specific or language-independent data
  • search for images, documents and files by name, description and catchwords
  • customizable search via API


  • Dynamic Language switching (let User choose which Language to display)
  • Integrated Statistic System (can be switched off)
  • Module & Template PHP API for unlimited expandability
  • Portlet System
  • Online Update/Extension Manager
  • Complete separation of website specific data
  • Template support for Administration panel
  • Maintenance mode for short offline periods (like updating your website)

There are many, many more, you might discover exploring the Demo installation.

Bigace Demo

Bigace v2 Screenshot

The demo is hosted by the guys of

You can login with the credentials:

  • Name: admin
  • Password: demo123


Originally BIGACE was created to be used with the Apache Webserver, but community members also run it successfully with the LightHttpd and Microsoft IIS (both support URL rewriting as well).

As BIGACE is written in PHP and for a MySQL backend, both of them are mandatory.


  • PHP version 5.3 or greater
    • memory_limit >= 24 MB RAM
    • modules: mysqli or PDO, XML, SimpleXML
    • optional modules: GD, ZIP
  • MySQL version 5 or greater
  • 30 MB webspace for installation
  • Recommended: Apache mod_rewrite

BIGACE 2.5 - 2.7

  • PHP version 5.1 or greater (required modules: mysql, XML, SimpleXML)
  • MySQL version 4.1 or greater
  • PHP Setting: memory_limit >= 12MB RAM


  • GD Lib for automatic thumbnails
  • .htaccess support and Apaches mod_rewrite module for SEO friendly URLs


  • PHP version 4.1 or greater (required modules: mysql, XML)
  • MySQL version 4.0 or greater


We formerly used Sourceforge (one of the worlds leading Open-Source community websites back in the 2000s) to coordinate the development. The BIGACE Project can be found at